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  1. @SrPx, how long does it take for GIMP to start on your system? Under Linux, on my old i7 920, it takes 8 seconds. At most. On the same system, in Windows, it takes about 2 minutes.
  2. @SrPx, usually, GIMP is much faster under Linux. Even startup is slower under Windows. It takes minutes ... I see my life passing... But under Linux is much better. Yesterday, Hugin took endlessly to make a stitch of 12 images under Windows. A few minutes under Linux. It's obvious, those apps are Linux-based. Lately, I've found that GIMP and Hugin are collaborating fine with Darktable and RawTherapee, or DCRaw, so one could chose what to use for RAW development. This is a dream come true! I live this way now, I am so tormented by the fact that I use VT-D under Linux and Windows can't boot with that enabled... That's because there is no pro software support (in graphics and design field).
  3. Regarding the industry standard, I think EPS is that one, and I have performed my own study on how to cut the cord from AI, just in case I need it. EPS is related to printing limitation on a wide range of printers and other typographic hardware. What is wrong, IMHO, is that Illustrator embeds the AI file in the EPS for future editing purposes and relied on that, although Inkscape is capable to produce vector EPS fully reversible to the original vector, basically, but Illustrator ignores that (for EPS without transparency there is a plugin that would do the Ai compatible file here: https://github.com/tzunghaor/inkscape-eps-export).
  4. I don't find it handy. But it's just me...
  5. @SrPx, indeed, Inkscape is a very capable software, but developed too slowly. It is fun and pretty pro, I did things easier in Inkscape than Illustrator. Meshes are fantastic! I have used it for a long time, but to me, it just have become something losing the grip somehow. Features and methods went impractical in time, or changed in a way that made it difficult to use. And its main issue is if you need to provide Illustrator compatibility, because Illustrator saves its own format in EPS files and refuses to import them as vectors in the absence of that format. At least, in 2018, when I stopped using Illustrator or providing Illustrator compatible formats. And it's so hard to make extensions for it in lack of a debugger support... Illustrator has a script tool. But Gimp still does things in a very convoluted way, compared to Photoshop. At least for common photography use cases...
  6. No, 2018 and no automatic pano tool is middle ages thing. Sorry. I know PSP before was purchased by Corel. It was a great software, it is now too. But in other aspects. JC's tutorials made me reconsider and check it again... this was shocking. That's it! To me, Corel's software was always amazing and I fail to understand the technical reasons to be less preferred, except than lack of marketing... But there are cases when fails, this is one of them. They should not advertise that. JC's point of view relates to painting, where, many very good alternatives exists. I've seen amazing drawings done in MS Paint too. But photography is still Adobe's niche for some reason. There is no such complete and easy to use software as theirs in this regard.
  7. Oh God! I knew I should not watch Cutting the Cord series! I've ended here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXLNNBOSWvc If I show it to my car's AI, might crash laughing!
  8. I admit it is technically possible, but I don't trust it really happens. And there are also limitations, though.
  9. Sorry, I wouldn't use an online solution.
  10. @Renzatic, thanks, I know it, but it's still a pain...
  11. @SrPx, I feel that pain as you do even at hobbyist level, or occasional designer (I need that sometimes, the companies I work with need that expertise sometimes and need integrate things like EPS in their apps). IMHO, a hobbyist has less patience, needs more simple achieving features than pros, they don't have the designers education. so they tend to be more difficult to please. They afford to say "go away" and pick something else that fulfills their needs fast. Still, there is a niche that somebody must fill sometime. I have friends that refused helping free software with their advice for not being paid for that, yet complaining for not having those free tools on the right path. Me, I would buy as hobbyist the designer and the photo gems from Affinity, but on Linux, because, lately, I moved to it. Since last two biannual big releases of Windows, when they have broke the hardware virtualisation on my board and Windows can't boot anymore until I disable it in BIOS, I think thoroughly if I need a long session under Windows, in order to go through the pain of setting it in BIOS forth and back, just to process my photos in PS. So, my dream is to get rid of Windows. Can't tell you how long it took to figure out the source of the problem... The VM is a must on my PC lately, you know... (for second Linux KDE development, that became amazingly easy lately).
  12. Don't get me wrong, Blender is fantastic! And deserves more! But the funds are subject to taxes, even though non-profit or donated. Development costs too, to name just the power and the computers. 5 guys, but not much money for the value they provide. And they feed a lot of good add-on providers too.
  13. That Blender fund is tiny and probably wouldn't cover the c osts of development if they'd need to make a leaving from that. Synfig is not an example. Can't expect income from a freely offered software, that is, BTW, built for Windows and Mac too. So, if it does have no success, is related to other issues than being present on a such limited platform - some say . Gimp is not an alternative, sorry, along with other RAW and panorama and whatever tools. Why? It's not what it can or can't do, but the methodology. Inkscape, Gimp, Scribus, seem to be made by programmers for programmers (I know, I am one), but not for designers and photography professionals. As long as pros don't use them, they won't have a true feedback of what those should be. I've tried them, as programmer, and I must say they go far away from what a designer or photographer need. And keep going away... more and more.... Those apps have basic features broken and nobody bothers to fix them in years... So, let's stop discussing them. I am a programmer and I make a living based on Windows. Because this is what is required as OS. I don't hate it. But for me became a matter of trust. On one hand, I see it still a mix of old and new stuff, technically speaking, like the old control panel versus the new settings. They still don't update that, so it looks dual. Then what are they doing with every massive update? Besides security. I don't see new features... Even the tabbed explorer was postponed twice, AFAIK. How hard it would be, considering the huge incomes? There are niche companies that managed to do it. And there is more stuff to do that would help the users every day.... Then, I have installed a firewall... To find that when I open an image with the default provided image viewer, their app goes to some Microsoft of affiliate URL to do something. I, as user, must agree with this. What does it send to them? It's my private photo or professional work that should not go out. I guess there is more, far from simple feature metering. This is unacceptable and is a security breach for businesses, IMHO. So I chose some open OS, that is, at least, accessible for audit in this matter. Now, usage. My wife is going to master in her field of activity. It's a total unrelated to IT, and my 7 years son knows handling the phone ot computer better. She could happily work, without asking much questions, with KDE and LibreOffice. So, stop blaming Linux for not being usable. Gnome or KDE are more than fine. They are more flexible than other OSes UIs and DEs. So, professional designer and photography, at least , are missing on Linux and can't say how successful new professional software would be, based on what is there, because is not. I can give you simple usage scenarios, like taking a bunch of RAW photo files, aligning them properly and tuning their together, at once, to meet the same aspect, merge them and send them as RAW or digital negative to the next application to further tune the result. PS does this in minutes. What else does? And I'm talking at hobbyist level, for pros is so clear where the right apps lay. And, yes, there is no place for romanticism in business. But there's a niche...
  14. Actually not. The question is not if worths, but if they think it worths. The question is answered and they decided it does not.
  15. Do stats in the field are misleading due to the fact that users are bound to Windows/Mac because of lack of this software on Linux? How many would migrate, actually?
  16. For me, those stats means nothing, unless they're made for the target business or at least the field (like marketing, design, media, whatever fits for a product).
  17. Well, it's good intel for you too Me, as potential customer, I'm at least curious how you take the decision to not support Linux. As professional software developer too.
  18. First of all, nobody says to do as the poll results. Secondly, aren't you curious? Thirdly, what is the fate of dictatorship? Just kidding... Sorry to be quoted and answer a post that offended you. My apologies.
  19. Consider me voting for porting, but I won't make yet another account on some site just for voting this. Probably almost everybody in this post here would vote for it. So? A more valuable poll would be if everybody having a paid license would vote (pro or contra or don't care...).
  20. I don't know a company, even little, willing to potentially expose its work on the Internet before it's ready for publishing. Me, as hobbyist, I don't even want to be potentially metered, for example. That happens probably with CC products anyway, but it's still possible to avoid it. Where are the good old apps that simply run to to their job? This is a good reason to use Linux, because it's open source and can be reviewed, not because it's free.
  21. Sorry, man, I think the developers are not the ones to blame. They would gladly implement. This is a business decision made by the managers of the company.
  22. Yeah, me too. Linux was free then, but the media pretty expensive for me, in Romania. Lately people are throwing Windows in my face too. I wonder, what your Linux users complain about...
  23. Is that a microwave oven? LOL. Naah, it always worked like that, by copying an existing installation, but that means having a Windows machine working for installing and upgrading. It's a PITA!
  24. Why not crowdfounding the Wine project directly to have several apps supported, like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Affinity?
  25. I think a more successful crowdfunding would be for implementing the needed features in an open source project, like Gimp/RawTherapee/DarkTable/Hugin, even as a plugin or a bunch of plugins.
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